Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The End of Temperance Dare
by Wendy Webb

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When Eleanor Harper becomes the director of a renowned artists’ retreat, she knows nothing of Cliffside Manor’s dark past as a tuberculosis sanatorium, a “waiting room for death.” After years of covering murder and violence as a crime reporter, Eleanor hopes that being around artists and writers in this new job will be a peaceful retreat for her as much as for them.

But from her first fog-filled moments on the manor’s grounds, Eleanor is seized by a sense of impending doom and realizes there’s more to the institution than its reputation of being a haven for creativity. After the arrival of the new fellows―including the intriguing, handsome photographer Richard Banks―she begins to suspect that her predecessor chose the group with a dangerous purpose in mind. As the chilling mysteries of Cliffside Manor unravel and the eerie sins of the past are exposed, Eleanor must fight to save the fellows—and herself—from sinister forces.


Kritters Thoughts:  A fantastically creepy book that has a little historical element and maybe a few ghosts.  Eleanor Harper was previously at Cliffside as a reporter when the car accident happened that took two lives and now she has returned to become the director and from the beginning things have been a little creepy.  

I spoil the book a little mentioning the ghosts, but I am not revealing too much.  I wish I had known about it ahead of time, I still loved the book, but I roll my eyes at a few moments with ghosts involved!

I loved the historical aspect so much.  To get an inside glimpse into a home that was used for TB patients and to see how those patients were treated was many things, but interesting is the only word I can come up with.  

I enjoyed my first Wendy Webb experience and I own one of her other books and after reading this one, it has moved to the top.  I loved how she slowly but surely gave the reader little bits of knowledge and the way she unpacked it was so perfect.  I will have to add that this was definitely a creepy book and I was home alone when I finished it and maybe that wasn't the best idea!


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row


Ebook 2017 Challenge: 31 out of 50


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Lake Union Publishing.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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